- Customers will have to purchase chargers and earbuds for the iPhone 12 separately
- This will presumably help Apple lower the freight costs and reduce the size of the iPhone packaging considerably
Apple is rumoured to keep its upcoming iPhone 12 series prices similar to the iPhone 11 series. For that, the Cupertino-based firm may ship its upcoming flagships without in-box earbuds and charger. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which previously said that the vendor will not include wired earbuds with the iPhone 12, now reports that there won’t be any power adapter as well. Apple is likely to sell these accessories separately to buyers. “This will presumably reduce the size of the iPhone packaging considerably, helping lower Apple’s freight costs and be better for the environment,” added Kuo.
While it’s said that removing the in-box accessories will offset the cost of upgrades iPhone 12 series are expected to come with, there have been rumours that the Apple is price-gouging for all accessories. The removal of in-box earbuds is believed to help increase sales of Apple’s AirPods range.
Kuo added that Apple is discontinuing both current 5W and 18W chargers in favour of the new 20W adaptor that was leaked a few days ago. The analyst believes that the leaked charger that’s likely to support iPhone 12 series is legitimate. However, it’ll not come with the handsets. Instead, the charger will be sold separately as an optional purchase. It’s not clear if the Lightning cable is still included. This will not be the case for Apple’s upcoming iPad line, consisting of a new 10.8-inch iPad later this year and 8.5-inch iPad mini in the first half of 2021. Kuo thinks Apple will continue to bundle the power adapter.
The much-awaited iPhone 12 series, rumoured to launch this fall, is expected to come with several upgrades, including 5G, 120Hz display, and up to quad camera setup. The series is expected to comprise four models; an iPhone with a new smaller 5.4-inch screen, two 6.1-inch models and a new 6.7-inch ‘Max’ size. All the iPhones are likely to come with OLED displays for the first-time. Additionally, they’ll run the latest iOS 14 out of the box.